Happy Thanksgiving, Houston Sports Fans!

Happy Thanksgiving 2013!

Happy Thanksgiving 2013!

Top Ten Reasons for Houston Sports Fans to be Grateful on Thanksgiving Day, 2013

10) We are thankful that both Minute Maid Park and Reliant Stadium are air-conditioned when their roofs are closed. At least, we fans don’t have to be hot when neither our Texans or Astros are playing so hot.

9) We appreciate the fact that the three principal owners of our baseball, basketball, and football teams are originally from Missouri, Florida, and South Carolina. At least, they are better prepared by the absence of early Houston ties to handle the emotional screws of losing than those of us who grew up slopping through the Houston heat and gumbo soil of our great, and as of yet unrealized, heady hometown expectations.

8) From those of us who grew up thinking that soccer was just another name for the recess game of kick ball, and who also never thought of soccer as a synonym for football. thanks for the Dynamo. When the Houston soccer team got eliminated from the playoffs this year, it came about as painless, indifferent news of a season  ending for a team and sport in which hardly anyone ever scores and most games end up as ties. Or so it seems.

7) Thanks for the Sugar Land Skeeters, the biggest winning club in Independent League baseball, upon the completion of their second successful year of operation in our community. The Skeeters are the real deal – the personification of baseball for the love of the game it used to be – and still is – under the stewardship of their ownership and people like Tal Smith, Deacon Jones, Ira Leibman, and M.J. Burns.

6) Thanks for the hometown presence and ongoing impact of former sports icons like Earl Campbell and Dan Pastorini of the football Oilers, Clyde Drexler and Rudy Tomjanovich of the basketball Rockets, Jimmy Wynn and Craig Biggio of the baseball Astros, and Larry Miggins and Solly Hemus of the baseball Houston Buffs and St. Louis Cardinals. And thanks to all the others – from all sports – too numerous to mention here as ongoing and contributing Houstonians.

5) Thanks for Mickey Herskowitz – the greatest sports writer in Houston history.

4) Thanks for Bill Yeoman and Guy V. Lewis of UH, and Wayne Graham of Rice, three of the greatest college coaches in history in the sports of football, basketball, and baseball.

3) Thanks for the great Carl Lewis in track, Zina Garrison in tennis, and Mary Lou Retton in gymnastics.

2) Thanks for all the other personal favorites of your own choice who make Houston one of the strongest sports communities in the nation.

1) And from the sandlots of yesterday to the organized programs of today, thanks to all the positive forces that take sports to the kids. Our children are the lifeline to all that is important to growth and positive change – whether we are talking about sports – or our conscious better treatment of each other.

That’s our two cents. Let us hear from you too.

Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody!

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